This Unseen "Jurassic Park" Poster Art Is Incredible

Never-before-seen hand-painted posters by John Alvin.

1. First things first, hit play.

Welcome to Jurassic Park!

2. John Alvin (1948–2008) was an American artist who hand-painted some of the most famous movie posters of the ’80s and ’90s, including Jurassic Park.

“Jurassic Park” ©1993 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Amblin Entertainment, In

3. Alvin produced a number of treatments and sketches for the poster, many of which have never been seen.

“Jurassic Park” ©1993 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Amblin Entertainment, In

4. These posters, along with concept sketches and alternate art for dozens of other films, are collected in a new book, The Art of John Alvin.

“Jurassic Park” ©1993 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Amblin Entertainment, In

5. He produced some of the most iconic movie posters in cinema history, including Star Wars, Blade Runner, the Indiana Jones films, The Lion King, and E.T.

“Jurassic Park” ©1993 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Amblin Entertainment, In

6. These unused Jurassic Park posters show his incredible skill and range.

“Jurassic Park” ©1993 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Amblin Entertainment, In

7. And it’s safe to say that any of them would have been iconic, had they been used.

“Jurassic Park” ©1993 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Amblin Entertainment, In
“Jurassic Park” ©1993 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Amblin Entertainment, In
“Jurassic Park” ©1993 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Amblin Entertainment, In
“Jurassic Park” ©1993 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Amblin Entertainment, In

11. Some of the paintings in the book show entirely different treatments for the poster.

“Jurassic Park” ©1993 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Amblin Entertainment, In

This one captures a great moment from the film, and evokes his famous E.T. poster.

12. This painting gives the film a ’50s B-movie feel.

“Jurassic Park” ©1993 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Amblin Entertainment, In

13. And this treatment captures the magic of the film, rather than focusing on the monster aspect.

“Jurassic Park” ©1993 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Amblin Entertainment, In

14. This painting foreshadows his art work for The Lion King, which was released the following year.

“Jurassic Park” ©1993 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Amblin Entertainment, In

15. Here’s the minimal poster they ended up using…

“Jurassic Park” ©1993 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Amblin Entertainment, Inc.

The Art of John Alvin is released on 22 August. Artwork reproduced here with permission.

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